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  • *Ukraine crisis lends some support to Brent. U.S. crude fell $2.34 to $102.03 a barrel by 13:45 a.m. EDT while Brent crude was down 93 cents to $108.96 a barrel, having lost over a dollar earlier. The Energy Information Administration will issue inventory data on Wednesday while American Petroleum Institute data is due later on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest supplier, on Tuesday reported a 23 percent jump in net profit in the first quarter and raised its earnings per share outlook for the full year by 25 cents.

  • April 22- Mortgage insurer MGIC Investment Corp posted its highest quarterly profit since 2007 as fewer homeowners defaulted on their payments in an improving U.S. housing market, sending the company's shares up as much as 8 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical over online TV startup Aereo Inc's position in a copyright fight with major media companies, but several raised concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcasters could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.

  • US STOCKS-Earnings, healthcare help lift Wall Street Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 2:03 PM ET

    *Netflix up after results, Facebook gains on upgrade. Healthcare, up 1.5 percent, was the best performing of the 10 major S&P sectors, as Allergan Inc jumped 15.8 percent to $164.48 a day after activist investor William Ackman teamed up with Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc to bid for the company.

  • April 22- Darden Restaurant Inc has 60 days to call a shareholder meeting to vote on activist investor Starboard Value LP's proposal to delay the company's plan to spin off its struggling Red Lobster chain, CNBC reported.

  • April 22- Shares of Arotech Corp, a maker of lithium batteries for military tanks, fell as much as 17.5 percent after a report on stock commentary website Seeking Alpha said its shares were not worth more that $2, less than half of Monday's closing price.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. home resales fell to their lowest level in more than 1-1/ 2 years in March, but there were signs a recent downward trend that has plagued the housing market may be drawing to an end. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing home sales slipped 0.2 percent to an annual rate of 4.59 million units.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 22- ICE arabica coffee soared 8 percent on Tuesday to a more than two-year high after a major trade house cut its forecast for the 2014/ 15 Brazil crop, the latest of a string of reduced outlooks in recent months due to drought damage in the top producer.

  • *Chlorine not declared by Syria to chemical weapons watchdog. BEIRUT, April 22- Chlorine gas attacks in Syria this month, if proven, expose a major loophole in an international deal to remove chemical weapons from the war-torn country and suggest chemical warfare could persist after the removal operation has finished.

  • *Taxpayer wants hearing to question IRS "retribution". *IRS argues taxpayer is on "fishing expedition". The IRS is squaring off against Michael Clarke, a West Palm Beach, Florida, investor who is arguing that the U.S. tax agency in 2011 improperly issued a summons "as retribution" against him and his business partners for resisting an audit.

  • HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, April 22- Far from giving up on the Keystone XL pipeline to the United States, Finance Minister Joe Oliver said on Tuesday Canada would keep the issue alive with the Obama administration despite a further delay of the U.S. decision on whether to approve it.

  • WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.

  • The proposed Expedited Access Premarket Approval Application program would feature earlier and more frequent interactions between companies and FDA staff. The program is not a new pathway to market, the FDA said, but rather a change in approach aimed at reducing the time it takes to develop a product and get it to market.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 22- Gold prices dropped to their lowest in more than two months on Tuesday, weighed down by gains on Wall Street stocks and as outflows from physical gold funds pointed to weak investment appetite. Gold losses accelerated after prices slipped below chart support at $1,280 an ounce, triggering heavy protective stop-loss orders.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 22- A meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week in Tokyo may not seal one of the world's biggest trade pacts, but it could give it a much-needed boost.

  • April 22- Harley-Davidson Inc shares surged nearly 9 percent on Tuesday after the iconic U.S. motorcycle maker posted a better-`than-expected quarterly profit, lifted by strong international demand.

  • U.S. justices conflicted over Aereo TV copyright fight Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Tuesday whether to rule against online TV startup Aereo Inc in a major copyright case, with several raising concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcast networks could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.